Shop Operations en How to Manage Humans and Robots <div class="field-byline"> Megan Ray Nichols | Twitter @nicholsrmegan </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The future is a weird and wonderful place. Just 30 years ago, if you were to tell the average person their children and grandchildren were going to be working with robots, they probably would have said you&rsquo;re crazy. Robots being an integral part of society? Seriously?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Shop Operations Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:57:00 +0000 66961 at <p>Robots do not have personalities, but the workers who have experience working with these robots often begin to assign a type of character to their &quot;coworkers.&quot;</p> High Precision, High Security, High Reliability <div class="node-body gallery-body">For Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. — a designer and builder of aircraft — precision machining of aluminum components is among the first and most important considerations. Haimer tool holding technology is its exclusive choice for reliable and secure set-ups and production.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:25:00 +0000 66941 at Service Center Shipments Slower but Still Strong in June <div class="node-body article-body">North American metals service center shipments declined slightly from May to June, though the year-over-year volumes remained mostly positive, allowing the Metals Service Center Institute to note, “shipments continued the modest growth path established in May.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Shop Operations Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:40:00 +0000 66791 at <p>Service centers&rsquo; shipment and inventory volumes offer insight to the current state of manufacturing activity in North America, as both indexes correspond to a substantial volume of the metals consumed by machine shops, fabricators, and other manufacturers.</p> Tips for Packing Electropolished Parts <div class="field-byline"> Tom Glass </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The positive effects of electropolishing may be mitigated if parts are not properly packaged, before and after the process. It may be tempting to save a few dollars by opting for cheaper packaging options, but damage during transport can result in parts that need to be reprocessed or even replaced, thus costing much more than choosing the right packaging from the start.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> QC and Inspection Shop Operations Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:59:00 +0000 66361 at <p>Electropolishing removes the outer surface skin of a component by positively charging the part and submerging it in an electrolytic bath to pull ions off the surface.</p> The Ultimate Guide to Improving Machine Shop Efficiency <div class="field-byline"> Megan Ray Nichols | Twitter @nicholsrmegan </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Modern machine shops can be compared to the complex parts they manufacture, with a number of moving parts, all of which require synchronous activity to achieve maximum efficiency. It's a delicate balance.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:49:00 +0000 65221 at <p>Sensible and efficient workflow, appropriate and effective maintenance, and well-trained employees are some tricks of the trade for machine shop managers.</p> EU Machine Tool Builders See Growth, Seek ‘Freer’ Data <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO issued a generally positive forecast for 2017 machine tool demand, and made a direct appeal for EU regulators to encourage the growth of a data-exchanging digital manufacturing economy. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:38:00 +0000 64811 at <p>European machine tool exports are likely to grow to $21.2 million in 2017, due to &ldquo;digitization&rdquo; and a reputation for high-quality standards, according to Starrag AG&rsquo;s vice chairman Dr. Frank Brinken, who also is chairman of the CECIMO Economic Committee.</p> Metals Centers Say Modernize NAFTA to Achieve Fair Trade <div class="node-body article-body">The Metals Service Center Institute supports the domestic steel industry’s petition for tighter import restrictions, but says steel consumers would benefit from “upgraded” NAFTA trade rules.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Shop Operations Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:26:00 +0000 64111 at <p>&ldquo;Addressing and enhancing efficiency at U.S., Canadian and Mexican borders will result in a more competitive industrial metals supply chain and increased global competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers which will result in economic growth and U.S. jobs,&rdquo; according to the Metals Service Center Institute</p> GE Aviation Buys Robotics Developer <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation acquired OC Robotics for an undisclosed price, explaining the British automation systems designer would enhance its ground-based engine repair and service programs. OC Robotics is 20-year-old developer noted for manufacturing commercial snake-arm robots and software for confined and hazardous environments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:53:00 +0000 63811 at <p>OC Robotics develops snake-arm robots for working in confined and hazardous spaces. They are guided by wire ropes, and controlled by proprietary software, to traverse cluttered environments and conduct activities such as inspection, fastening, and cleaning.</p> Tougher Tooling Handles Hard Forgings <div class="node-body article-body">At a Houston machine shop, switching from an Ingersoll face mill to an indexable high-feed mill achieves deep cuts on dense, hard forgings, with speed and reliability.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:01:00 +0000 63461 at <p>A 4-in. Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX facemill takes off more than 0.300 in. per pass to fully penetrate the heavy oxide crust in a 4140 steel forging. As a result, the tool edges last through a complete roughing sequence for a part, involving 6-8 passes. A previously selected tool needed indexing before completing even one pass.</p> Ingersoll Cutting Tools CECIMO Voices Support for Expanding EU R&D <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO, the European Assn. of the Machine Tool Industries, joined 22 other EU trade associations in declaring support for increased commitment to industrial research and “innovation,” as outlined in the EU’s Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9.)</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:23:00 +0000 63451 at <p>CECIMO has consistently emphasized the need for the EU&rsquo;s public and private authorities to define and support competitive industrial strategies, to accelerate industrialization of emerging technologies, and to improve skills training.</p>